Highbury Arts Club

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There's flexibility to this Highbury Park venue: by day it's a coffee shop but when night falls it turns into a tapas joint. There's art, live music and comedy, too. It was set up by two Highbury residents, so there's a community feel to the place.

The coffee comes from Square Mile, and comes served alongside brunches with more than a nod to Australia – think a Sydney breakfast (sourdough toast, asparagus or spinach, parmesan, bacon, a poached egg and hollandaise), or Sydney salmon (as above, but with salmon instead of bacon). Patisserie and cakes also feature. 

The evening tapas options are cooked by Alberto Valle, a chap with previous experience at Madrid restaurant El Pasca. Beers are from Freedom Brewery, and wines are from suppliers specialising in organic and bio-dynamic wines. 

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Tucked away in Highbury, Islington, a great area for local food away from the bustle of Upper Street.
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Venue name: Highbury Arts Club
Address: 73 Highbury Park
N5 1UA
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Gorgeous tapas, great atmosphere and their live music creates a real buzz in the area - keep up the great work!

The Arts club is very much my local and I love it. Breakfast/brunch is excellent. It's also just about the only place his part of Highbury that does really good coffee. In the evenings the Spanish menu is really tasty. The atmosphere is informal and friendly.

Lovely very individual local cafe and restaurant always something going on with exhibitions comedy nights and jazz and I have have been to a few events and they are always entertaining. Food and service is great, I come regularly for brunch and usually have the double Sydney breakfast. Think local sourdough (spence bakery in church street I am told) double poached eggs free range bacon and really tasty hollandaise sauce, asparagus and rocket and parmesan salad. Really tasty and good value for the ingredients. In the evenings the place is transformed into cool friendly Tapas bar, with some "JAPAS" Japanese tapas on offer as well, and a great wine selection if a little small. They also open on Arsenal Match days and the Chorizo burger special is yum.  Do try this local independant a real plus to the neighbourhood.